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News round-up / Magazine comes to an end, Kirkwall Airport disruption, Scottish Opera returns, festive Althing, Grieg to fund deforestation project

LONG-running magazine Shetland Life is to cease publication after nearly 40 years in print.

Publisher Shetland Times Ltd said the magazine was no longer viable amid a struggle to increase sales and decreasing revenue from advertising.

It comes as editor Laurie Goodlad takes up a new job as a curator at Scalloway Museum.

Shetland Life was launched in 1980 and in the last two years it has been nominated at the Scottish Magazine Awards.

Over the years it provided a platform for both new and established writers to pen features and columns about life in Shetland.

The final edition will be published on 3 January.


THERE was disruption to Shetland flights at Kirkwall on Friday (6 December) after a suspected unexploded torpedo was landed by a fishing boat near the town’s airport.

Kirkwall Airport was closed from 11.30am to 2.30pm to allow for a controlled explosion.

Loganair advised passengers that the Sumburgh-Inverness flight would go to Inverness only and not stop off in Kirkwall.

The LM130 Sumburgh-Kirkwall service will re-route via Aberdeen and arrive in Orkney at 4.20pm.


SCOTTISH Opera is set to return to Shetland for a show at Mareel next year.

The group will bring its Opera Highlights concert to the Lerwick venue on 4 March.

The production features “operatic classics and must-hear rarities”, with the show curated by Scottish Opera’s head of music Derek Clark.

Tickets are due to go on sale from 11 December.


A FESTIVE Althing debate will be held at Islesburgh next Friday (13 December).

Speaking for the motion ‘Christmas should be vegetarian’ will be Moraig Lyall and Steve Jennings.

On the other side of the debate will be Ryan Taylor and Ronnie Eunson.

The event kicks off at 7.30pm and admission is £2.


AN AQUACULTURE company which runs salmon farms in Shetland has committed funding to a new initiative aimed at halting deforestation in Brazil.

Grieg Seafood joined Tesco and animal feed manufacturer Nutreco in announcing their commitment to the project today (Friday) and the businesses invited other global companies with Brazilian soy in their value chain to join in the initiative.

The companies have committed to contribute to the Funding for Soy Farmers in the Cerrado Initiative.

Grieg Seafood will contribute $2 per tonne of soy the company uses annually in its fish feed for five years.